Roaring with ferocious flavors and a dynamic atmosphere, Dinosaur Barbecue better not go extinct any time soon. Located in nine different spots across the Northeast, Dinosaur Barbecue serves up gold consistently. Right after the first bite, you can feel the enormous emphasis on the quality of ingredients and proper execution.
The menu is handsomely rustic and colorful. Classic barbecue favorites are taken to new heights here, with two different varieties of fried green tomatoes, “drunken spice shrimp roles,” jumbo barbecue chicken wings and “Dino poutine.” And those are just the appetizers. The chili con queso nachos are a southwestern treat likely to brighten your day. With chips that snap and chili that is deep and complex, the word “yummy” comes to mind.
However, while the queso sauce was melty and delicious, there was a tinge of artificiality to it. The pickled jalapeños and the chipotle crema brought some zing to brighten up the already-fantastic appetizer. For entrees, there is an enormous variety of meats: a rack of ribs, brisket, chicken, steak, catfish, salmon and sausage.
I’d have to recommend the combo meal which lets you choose three meats, two sides and cornbread. Oozing with pure beefy flavor, the brisket is juicy and cuts like butter. The smoked hot-link sausage offers a sharp porcine pop and it’s hard to find that quality elsewhere. The pork ribs were as messy as they were delicious.
They were fall-off-the-bone tender. Straight up dynamite. They have two different kinds of barbecue sauce: a regular and a spicy. However, neither one of them is that spicy. While both are smoky, tangy and delicious, the more spicy sauce is my favorite since it has an extra dimension.
No barbecue meal is complete without a host of succulent sides. Dino barbecue does not disappoint. Cooked with bourbon, the baked beans were high quality and were rather sweet from the bourbon and brown sugar. The barbecue fried rice is probably something you’ve never had before, but definitely something that you should try ASAP. With beef, pork and onions inside, this rice is a spicy-sweet blessing from above.
In addition, the mac and cheese was one of the best I’ve had in my life. The cheese was gooey and the noodles were a true aldente. The cornbread is not-too sweet and crumbly. Like the tyrannosaurus rex, the service is tip-top. Our waitress was just a little sassy and knew everything there was to know about the food. The appetizers came out in minutes and the entrees came out shortly after.
The atmosphere is a hoedown-throwdown rodeo. With in-your-face decorations like hardwood walls and floors, you might feel like you’ve stepped into the Wild West. If you’re lucky enough, you might come through when they have live music. Ultimately, Dinosaur Barbecue dishes out food that bites back. If you think you can handle dinosaur-level munchies, then maybe you’d be up for the challenge of eating at Dinosaur Barbecue. Have a place you want me to check out? Let me know at [email protected] using the subject line Munchies with Marc.